Let’s face it: 2020 has been a rough year for all of us. Now more than ever we need something to help manage and promote peace in our lives. That’s why I’d like to share with you calming meditations that you can use right now.
Meditation is a great way to relax and quiet your mind. According to the Mayo Clinic, meditation is a great way to reduce stress and provide relaxation to the mind and body. The calming meditations listed below are easy to learn and promote mental quiet and inner balance.
To get started, it’s important to find a quiet place to sit. Be comfortable. Now, let’s begin…
Progressive Muscle Relaxation
This is a type of meditation that focuses your attention on various parts of your body. According to the Arthritis Foundation, progressive muscle relaxation is a simple technique that has great calming benefits. When you’re ready, focus your attention on one part of your body. Notice how it feels. Now, slowly tense those muscles and then release them. Practice your deep breathing and continue throughout your body — tensing, and releasing while being mindful of your body and breath.
The Mayo Clinic recommends the mindful meditation technique to help calm the mind. In mindful meditation, you increase your awareness of the present moment. Simply focus on what you are experiencing, such as your breathing or the sensation of your feet touching the floor. You don’t have to be sitting down to do mindful meditation. This can be done while washing the dishes or walking. Click here to learn how to practice walking mindfulness.
A mantra is a syllable, word, or phrase that is repeated during meditation. Mantras can be spoken, chanted, whispered, or repeated in the mind. Maybe it’s something simple, such as “relax”. The repetition of the mantra will replace all busy thoughts and help you shut out the outside world, thus calming your mind and body.
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